I'm on a mission to help entrepreneurs and enterprising organisations create meaningful and satisfying work for people that makes strong economic and social impact in the world.
For too many people, work isn’t as fulfilling, fascinating or as fun as it could be. Mostly it’s a drain and a strain on people’s minds, bodies, emotions and makes it hard for us to live life in full. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Well-designed work and well-led organisations make us happier and healthier people. When we make work satisfyingly personal and business-like it counts more, for us, our loved ones and the world in which we live.
Because it’s always easier to start as you mean to go on, I specialise in supporting business starters and builders to do their best work and go further faster in the process.
I design smart ways of working that inspire and motivate people to do their greatest work. Especially creative thinkers, entrepreneurial types and enterprising leaders.
My work enables and accelerates people’s performance bringing clarity, focus, agility and momentum to the way they work.
I know business and leadership from the inside-out and outside-in.From over 20 years of climbing the corporate ranks and more than 10 years as a leadership consultant, coach and facilitator.
- Experienced leader, executive and manager – marketing, communications, fundraising, business partnerships, strategic planning, corporate governance (1985-2007)
- Management and Leadership Consultant – building high performing teams, designing leadership development programmes, delivering coaching and mentoring training, strategic planning and marketing consulting to businesses, Government departments and not for profits (Since 2006)
- Qualified executive and life coach with a membership of the International Coach Federation – over 4000 hours of coaching with more than 1,500 people. Certified DISC Consultant (Since 2006)
- Lifelong Learner – MBA, BA, PG Dip Gastronomy, PG Dip Marketing and over 100 hours coach specific training,
- Entrepreneurial doer and dreamer – Founder, Food Gatherings, owner of multiple notebooks bulging with bright ideas and a handful of domain names, just in case. Contributor to New Zealand’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through Biz Dojo and Creative HQ.
ORGANISATIONS I HAVE WORKED WITH AS A CONSULTANT AND COACH
AgResearch | Assurity Consulting | AUT | Banking Ombudsman Scheme | Buddle Findlay | Catapult Leadership Programme Participants | Cawthron Institute | Chapman Tripp | Office of Children’s Commissioner | Commerce Commission | Conscious Consumers | Christchurch Polytechnic & Institute of Technology (CPIT) | Creative Abilities | Creative HQ| Creative NZ | Department of Internal Affairs | Ministry of Educaton | Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission | Environmental Protection Agency | Federated Farmers | GNS Science | GROW Wellington | Grant Thornton | Health Workforce NZ | Hutt City Kindergartens’ Association | LINZ | Local Government NZ | Liquigas | Loyalty NZ | Ministry for Primary Industries | Meridian Energy | Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Ministry of Business and Innovation | Ministry of Environment | Ministry of Defence | Ministry of Health | Miramar North School | New World Supermarkets | NZ Fire Service | NZ Qualifications Authority | Outward Bound | Proactive Rehab | PHARMAC | Pegasus Health | Perception Planning | Q Theatre |Ruapehu Alpine Lifts | Taupo District Council | Telstra | Thank You Payroll |Toyota NZ | Vibe. |Wellington City Council | Xero.
After 20 years climbing the corporate ranks in communications, marketing, strategic planning and governance roles, I realised that life as a manager and executive leader was not all it was cracked up to be. All work and no play made me miserable and no fun to be around.
So in 2006 with my husband, Martin, I ran away from the UK to New Zealand to live life in a slower lane. At last, I found a better work-life blend working as a leadership consultant and coach working with executives, managers, leaders and their teams in organisations of all kinds, shapes and sizes.
Over my career I’ve learned about work from the inside-out and outside-in. As a member of a team, as a manager and leader, mentor, consultant and coach to others. Over time I’ve come to understand what people need to be happy, productive and satisfied at work.
I have the knowledge and a knack for knowing what makes people tick. How to put the magic into teams. Ways for leaders and managers to be superheroes at work, without having to wear their underwear on the outside. And, I have witnessed working and private lives transformed when people act on their bright ideas to make a difference in the world and follow their entrepreneurial dreams.
At 12:51 p.m on 22 February 2011, I was working away from my home in Wellington on a client assignment in Christchurch when my life and work was brought into pin-sharp focus. Huddled under a table hugging a group of strangers I rode the fateful waves of an earthquake that devastated a city and changed lives immeasurably. When the dust had settled and the adrenaline stopped pumping I resolved to make my life to count for more and to help other people to do the same.
How I work
As a leadership developer and business activation coach, I’m on a mission to help people make work better for them and/or the people they manage.
I help people tackle the hard stuff of work, especially leading yourself and others. The obstinate and seemingly impossible. Together we excavate the collisions of competing parts, the dynamics, the mechanics and find the sparks of creativity, insights and energy that all of a sudden generate new possibilities and perspectives. We’ll charge up the superpowers within you and your team so you’ll leap over hurdles, by-pass barriers and scale new heights.
You can count on me to:
- turn your anxiety into confidence
- transform frustrations into inspiration
- freshen things up in your working world
- create higher levels of creativity and collegiality in the way you work.
Whether you’re looking to improve your own working life, put people first in your company culture or master the deceptively hard soft skills of managing people, I can help.
I’ve a reputation for being:
- bold and astute.
- smart and sensitive
- business-like and caring
- insatiably curious and incurably optimistic.
Oh, and like my beloved basset hounds, doggedly determined.
Curious about what I do when I’m not working?
I live on 6 acres in the country north of Wellington. There you’ll find me writing my blog, reading or listening to books, gardening and growing food, wrangling my wayward basset hound Mason, creating with my camera, cooking, eating and dreaming up new ideas for my own entrepreneurial side-project food gatherings that aims to bring people to meet, eat and be inspired.